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Washington County is a county located in the state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 14,716. Washington County was created on January 2, 1818. The county seat is Nashville. The county is named for George Washington (1732-1799), commander-in-chief of American forces in the American Revolutionary War and first President of the United States.
The county is named for President George Washington, Commander in Chief of the Army during the American Revolution and first President of the United States.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Washington County was created on January 2, 1818 (Territorial Laws, 1817-1818, p. 39) and was formed from St. Clair
County. Present area, or parts of it, formerly included in: St. Clair County (1790-1818) and Randolph County
The County was named for George Washington, a Revolutionary General, statesman, and first president of the United States. Commander in chief of the American forces during the Revolution (1775-1783), and president of the second Constitutional Convention, he was the first president of the newly independent United States (1789-1797). The county seat is Nashville. It is located in the southern portion of Illinois known locally as "Little Egypt". Prior County Seats was Covington (1818-1831) and Nashville (1831-Present).
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 564 square miles (1,461 km2), of which, 563 square miles (1,457 km2) of it is land and 2 square miles (4 km2) of it (0.27%) is water.
Washington county is located in south Illinois. Many lakes,
rivers, streams, and creeks are located in this area, including the
Kaskaskia River, which is the county's northern border. Washington
County State Recreation Area is located in this county.
Bordering counties are as follows:
The county is served by seven school districts: